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news. new nuclear test overnight from a defiant north korea. nbc is live at the pentagon. mick, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we've been here before. this one has set off some serious alarm bells. first of all, early readings indicate that this nuclear device exploded by the north koreans may have been anywhere from three to six times more power than than previous tests. at the same time the north koreans claim they were able to achieve that with a much smaller device. that would indicate that they could be making progress in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon and it could be put on a missile and theoretically launched at the you states. no one is confirming that, but it got everyone's attention. this blast got the immediate and sharp response from the white house. president obama says it threatens. u.s. national security. he says the united states will continue to take steps necessary to defend ourselves and our allies. and as matt mentioned a moment ago, the security council at the u.n. meeting at this moment to discuss tightening and increasing sanctions agai
those automatic spending cuts. >>> today chuck hagel is taking over at the pentagon after the senate voted 58-41 tuesday to confirm him as defense secretary. he was sworn in this morning. among his big challenges, those looming defense department budget cuts and troop levels in afghanistan. >>> last night in south africa, a private memorial service for model reeva steenkamp. the service planned by olympic runner oscar pistorius who says he shot her by accident on valentine's day. pistorius is charged with premeditated murder. >>> a new honor today for the late civil rights pioneer rosa parks. the unveiling of a statue of her on capitol hill with president obama and congressional leaders taking part. known as the mother of the civil rights movement, rosa parks refused to give up her seat to a white man on a montgomery, alabama, city bus back in 1955. this month marks what would have been her 100th birthday. >>> and nicolas cage was the big winner on a recent high school game show in boston when the host chatted with contestants about movies they like. one team was four for four for ni
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